The Promise

Genre:  Drama
Running Time:  134 min.
Release Date: April 21, 2017
DVD/Blu-ray: July 18, 2017

Current rating: Rating: 4.84
based on 574 votes and 147 reviews
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Cast: Oscar Isaac, Charlotte Le Bon, Christian Bale, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Tom Hollander, James Cromwell

Synopsis

Michael (Oscar Isaac) is a humble Armenian medical student who leaves his village of Siroun to study medicine in Constantinople. He then meets the beautiful Armenian artist Ana (Charlotte Le Bon), and the two bond over their shared heritage. However, Ana is already in a relationship with American journalist Chris (Christian Bale).

A romantic rivalry explodes between the two men amid the chaos of war as Constantinople crumbles under the falling Ottoman Empire and Armenians are targeted. Both men are struggling to stay alive while also fighting for their respective relationships with Ana.

Director: Terry George
Studio: Entertainment One
Producer(s): William Horberg, Mike Medavoy, Eric Esrailian
Screenplay: Terry George, Robin Swicord

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  • 5 stars "I cried many times."
  • 5 stars "The acting is superb and the sets are meticulously designed. I was left shaken by the unspeakable horrors the Armenians endured at the hands of the Turks for no other reason other than because they were not Muslims. One thing that is not clear in this excellent movie is why this horrific genocide occurred on such a immense scale. The Armenians were Christians and the Turks were Muslim. This genocide was a direct result of a cruel political system called Islam that tolerates no other faiths."
  • 5 stars "Something which has happened in the past, and has never been recognized properly by the big governments. Armenian genocide was the worst in its kind. turkey should be ashamed to ignore the barbaric way of life that they had and still have in this moment."